Crosier Mountain Trail 931 - Glen Haven Trailhead
|Trail Name||Crosier Mountain Trail 931 - Glen Haven Trailhead|
|Elevation Gain||1,903 Feet|
|Low Point||7,322 Feet|
|High Point||9,225 Feet|
|Trip Reports||Crosier Mountain Trail 931 - Glen Haven Trailhead|
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Climb through Ponderosa pine, fir, lodgepole, juniper and grassy meadows to the summit of Crosier Mountain. Great views of the Estes Park Valley and Rocky Mountain National Park.
How to get there
Glen Haven Trailhead
From Drake on Hwy 34, take the Devils Gulch Rd. (County Rd. 43) to Glen Haven. Park across the street from the Livery Stable, and walk up the dirt road that cuts behind the stable. The trail sign is up the hill on the right side of the road, just beyond a left turn. No facilities.
There are three trails up Crosier Mountain, each with a separate description. With two vehicles, you can combine two of the trails. See Crosier Mountain Trail 931 - Garden Gate Trailhead and Crosier Mountain Trail 931 - Rainbow Trailhead for descriptions of the other routes.
The trail climbs to the south through Ponderosa pine, fir and juniper. After about 0.8 miles, the trail tops out on a ridge, where it intersects with a trail to the H-G Ranch. After a drop into a small canyon, the trail climbs to Piper Meadow. Henry Piper operated a dairy farm here from around 1913 to the 1930s. The foundations of some of the buildings can still be seen. The trail follows the edge of the meadow to the south side, where it turns sharply left andclimbs through a series of switchbacks to a ridge and the Rainbow Trail junction.
After climbing another 1.5 miles through a thick stand of Lodgepole pine, you will summit a ridge, where the trail joins the Garden Gate Trail. From here, another 1/2 mile will bring you to the summit of Crosier Mountain.
The summit of Crosier Mountain offers views of Estes Park, the peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park, and the surrounding countryside. Wildflowers are abundant. Be sure to carry plenty of water on this hike, as none is available on the hike.
Fees, Permits, etc.
After the Hike
- Crosier Mountain Trail Description on US Forest Service web site